Cophixalus ornatus (Fry, 1912)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Cophixalus > Species: Cophixalus ornatus

Austrochaperina ornata Fry, 1912, Rec. Aust. Mus., 9: 91. Holotype: AMS R222 according to Cogger, 1979, Rec. Aust. Mus., 32: 178. Type locality: "twenty-five miles inland from Cairns, North-east Queensland", Australia. See Zweifel, 1962, Am. Mus. Novit., 2113: 6, for definition of the type locality and type specimen.

Phrynixalus reginae Andersson, 1916, K. Svensk. Vetensk. Akad. Handl., 52: 4. Syntypes: NHRM 1615 (4 specimens), 1616, MCZ 17805, BMNH 1929.5.17.1, 4 others not located by Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 53). Type locality: "ten from Malanda in the jungles" and "one from Cedar Creek", Queensland, Australia. Synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 173; Zweifel, 1962, Am. Mus. Novit., 2113: 6; confirmed by Hoskin, 2012, Zootaxa, 3271: 12.

Sphenophryne ornataNieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 48.

Cophixalus ornatusParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 173. Zweifel, 1962, Am. Mus. Novit., 2113: 6.

Phrynomantis ornataLoveridge, 1935, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 78: 7, 55.

Asterophrys ornata — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 418. 

English Names

Common Nursery-Frog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 222).

Ornate Rainforest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 89).

Ornate Frog (Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 366; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 106).

Northern Ornate Nursery-frog (Hoskin, 2012, Zootaxa, 3271: 12).


Carbine Tableland (north to Mount Spurgeon), Macalister Range, Kuranda area, Lamb Range, northern Atherton Tablelands and western slope of Mount Bartle Frere. The southern extent of the distribution on the Atherton Tablelands is approximately a line between Mount Baldy (near Atherton) and Butchers Creek at least as far south as: Mount Baldy, Lake Eacham, Gadgarra Forest Reserve, Malanda, Butchers Creek, Gourka Road and the western slope of Mount Bartle Frere, 330–1100 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Australia

Endemic: Australia


Hoskin, 2012, Zootaxa, 3271: 1–16, redlimited the species and provided a detailed account, including a redescription of the holotype. Previous literature under this name also refers to populations now included in Cophixalus australis and Cophixalus hinchinbrookensisCutajar, Portway, Gillard, and Rowley, 2022, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus. Online, 36: 10, provided a polygon distribution map.

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